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Master / Slave D Type Flip-Flop Tutorial

A couple of definitions :-

RIPPLE THROUGH. An input changes level during the clock period, and the change appears at the output.

PROPAGATION DELAY. The time between applying a signal to an input, and the resulting change in the output.

These can give  problems in logic circuits.

The master/slave flip-flop overcomes them.

It consists of two rising edge triggered D type flip-flops.

The clock of the slave is fed via an inverter so that the falling edge of the original clock pulse becomes a rising edge.

The slave clock pulse is an inverted version of the clock pulse shown in the lower diagram.

The flip-flops are triggered at different levels of the clock pulse edge.

When data is to be entered, the slave is isolated from the master, so that changes at the input do not appear at the output.

Data on D is passed to Q of the master.

The master is then isolated from the D input.

Data, from the Q of the master, is passed to Q of the slave.

t1.    Slave isolated from Master.

t2.  Master connected to D input.

t3.  Master isolated from D input.

t4.  Master Q connected Slave D.

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